Sandy Rashty

Innovative Hasmonean girls win a trip to India from charity

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

Five teenage Hasmonean girls have won a trip to India this summer in recognition of their charitable endeavours.

Three-hundred teams of five 13-18-year-olds entered the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards, recognising innovative methods of fundraising towards free education in schools in India and Malawi.

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Immanuel College aids sick teacher

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

Immanuel College pupils, former students and staff have been raising funds for the family of its popular head of geography who has terminal cancer.

Paul de Naeyer, who joined the Bushey school in 2004, has not been at Immanuel this academic year.

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Holocaust-themed Tannhauser cancelled

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

A Holocaust-themed production of Wagner opera was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The Dusseldorf opera’s version of Tannhauser included scenes of rape, suicide and a family having their heads shaved before they were shot. Some guests were so distressed that they were treated for shock.

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Detained doctor finally returns to South Africa

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

Professor Cyril Karabus, the elderly doctor who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, has just arrived in South Africa.

His family and lawyer, Michael Bagraim, met him the airport in Cape Town.

Prof Karabus had been waiting for his passport to be returned by prosecutors since he was found not guilty of manslaughter in March.

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Senior David Cameron aide to lead trade mission to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron’s senior policy adviser will lead a business delegation to Israel on Sunday.

Rohan Silva will head the four-day visit alongside retail British representatives from supermarket chains to luxury brands.

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Cancelling Holocaust opera is 'censorship’, claims German director

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

A German director has described the decision to cancel his Holocaust-themed opera production as "censorship".

Director Burkhard C Kosminski's modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, which held its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf, was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

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Holocaust opera cancelled after guests traumatised

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

A Holocaust-themed opera production was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, had its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf.

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Abuse charity rings changes in appeal method

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

The charity helping women and children in the community affected by domestic violence used a novel and poignant method of appealing to supporters at its annual fundraising lunch, held at Lord’s in St John’s Wood.

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Tackling terrorism with technology

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

An Israeli company is battling terrorism with technology used by government agencies across the globe.

Cellebrite, founded in 1999, is headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, and more than 50 per cent of the technology company’s $200 million average annual revenue stems from its forensics division — established in 2007.

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David Cameron to judge Anne Frank letter contest

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron is to judge a competition launched by the Anne Frank Trust UK for young people to say how they would make Britain a better place.

The “Thirteen in 13” project will ask British teenagers to write a 250-word online letter to Mr Cameron, giving their ideas for improving the country.

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Moni could be in the money after wowing judges on The Voice

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

An acclaimed contestant on BBC’s The Voice has revealed that his talent is inherited from his father — a chazan at Newbury Park United Synagogue in Ilford — and his mother, who is also “an amazing singer”.

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Belmont United is latest synagogue to elect a woman chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

The United Synagogue has elected its fourth shul chairwoman

Frances Grossman, a former vice-chair, was voted in as chair of Belmont United Synagogue in Stanmore on Wednesday night.

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Woman sues Lancome over make-up that ‘does not last Shabbat’

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2013

Lancome cosmetics is being sued by an Orthodox Jewish woman who claimed that their “24-hour” make-up failed to cover her over Shabbat.

New York-based Rorie Weisberg is accusing the company of falsely advertising its face foundation.

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All my business is from social media

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Social media has transformed the advertising and marketing industries, according to Lilach Bullock, who was last month named among the Top 20 Women Social Media Power Influencers and the Top 50 Social Media Influencers 2013 by Forbes.

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Homophobia is tackled at schools

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Campaigners against homophobic bullying in schools have translated posters into modern Hebrew as part of a UK-wide programme.

Through a joint initiative between gay rights groups Keshet UK and Stonewall, a series of translated tolerance posters have been put up for the first time at a Jewish school, JCoSS in
Barnet.

The posters read: “Some people are gay – Get over it!”

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Tribute to Sir Simon, London Mayor Boris Johnson's aide

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled a bust of the late Sir Simon Milton in a West End ceremony.

Sir Simon, his former chief of staff and deputy mayor of London, died of pneumonia aged 49 in 2011 after a 20-year battle with leukaemia.

The ceremony in Piccadilly was attended by more than 150 people, including Sir Simon’s former partner, councillor Robert Davis.

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Women are stuck in the comfort zone

By Sandy Rashty, April 26, 2013

Banking is an aggressive, competitive and challenging industry dominated by men. Women — especially Orthodox women — are noticeably absent from top positions in the financial industry. But it is not the workplace environment that is holding them back, says leading financier Judy Heicklen.

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Sacha Baron Cohen joins Roman Abramovich on Rich List

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2013

It is turning out to be an unhappy year for Roman Abramovich. His football club, Chelsea, have failed to win the Premier League, his yacht is no longer the world’s biggest, and now he is not even the UK’s richest Jew from the former Soviet Union.

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Genetic screening plan is 'missed opportunity'

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2013

Concerns have been raised about the future of NHS screening provision for diseases that disproportionately affect Ashkenazi Jews.

The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recognised for the first time that screening should be available for Canavan disease and Familial Dysautonomia, alongside the more widely known Tay-Sachs disease.

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